Cupcake Close-up

If I weren't a photographer I think I would love to be a baker or a pastry chef. I've always had a serious sweet tooth and love cooking desserts just as much as I love eating them. Some of my favorite childhood food memories are making tarts and pies with my grandmothers.

So of course when I had Easter dinner at my house this year I made one of my favorite things, carrot cake, which I decided to make as cupcakes. I tried to plan ahead but my weekend was a little hectic so the baking didn't commence until 2am Sunday morning. While my husband and dog were curled up in bed I was happily listening to the whir of my mixer in a cloud of powdered sugar and licking cream cheese icing from my fingers.

This was my first foray in making this particular dessert... which began with a lot of prep work, mainly shredding the carrots.

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Just like my grandmother Brock, who is an excellent cook, I can create a serious mess when I'm in the kitchen.

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Thankfully there were leftovers which went very well with my hot tea at breakfast Monday morning!

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Not even this crumb was spared.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

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On a recent trip to south Georgia to see my grandparents I got to spend some time with my grandfather and see the progress he's made on the 1939 Studebaker Commander he's been restoring.

My grandfather is only the car's 3rd owner and the Studebaker has less than 70,000 miles on it, which happens to be less than what I have on my 3 year old Volvo. My grandfather bought the car this past December from a seller in South Bend Indiana (where the car was made) who had owned the car 19 years.

He's made great progress on the car and I look forward to a drive out in the country on my next visit.

This is my grandfather, Bud jauert, with his dog and constant companion, Peppy.

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Peppy is ready for her aftenoon nap after a busy morning in the garage.

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My grandfather works on removing the cover to the horn.

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Isn't he handsome!

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This is my grandmother, Betty Jauert, peaking out the garage door to check on us. I really adore these two. Some of my favorite memories growing up are from the time spent with my grandparents. We picked blackberries for pies, made preserves, went on walks, watched birds in the cool of the evening, flew and worked on planes, cooked, fished and just enjoyed each others company. I feel blessed that I took advantage of the opportunity to get to know and love these two wonderful people!

I think perhaps the time spent with them, learning to enjoy simple moments, helped me find my photographers eye.

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In their own words....

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I recently chose one of my favorite couples from this past year to include in a new slide show. In the past I've done shows with photos set to music but I decided to use my background in photojournalism to make something a little different.

I interviewd the couple, Erica and Tim Schmidt, and set their story along with music to the photos.

It's my first attempt at this type of slideshow so of course I'm not 100% happy with the final product but I love the couples story and hope to refine this technique with future slideshows.

Click here, Erica and Tim Schmidt, to view the slideshow and listen to the couples story in their own words.

A Message

When you're going through a tough life event or you've had a bad week for some reason or another it's always a blessing to hear a message of hope from someone when you least expect it. A few Sundays ago I was shooting my weekly religion assignment and had the pleasure of listening to pastor Teresa Angle-Young deliver her Sunday sermon at Sacred Tapestry in Marietta.

Admittedly I don't always enjoy or agree with the sermons I hear while on assignment but Pastor Angle-Young spoke to my heart!

I wan't try to butcher her sermon by recounting it but I will share a touching poem by John O'Donohue that she recieted.

On that day when the weight deadens on your shoulders and you stumble, may the clay dance to balance you. And When the ghost of loss gets into you, may a flock of colors--indigo, red, green, and azure blue--come to awaken in you a meadow of delight. When the canvas frays and the stain of ocean blackens beneath you, may there come across the waters a path of yellow moonlight to bring you safely home. May the nourishment of the earth by yours, may the clarity of light be yours, may the fluency of the ocean be yours, may the protection of the ancestors be yours, and so may a slow wind work these words of love around you, an invisible cloak to mind your life.

  • from Anam Cara by John O'Danahue

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Pastor Teresa Angle-Young talks to her paritioners before the start of service.

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I've noticed a big trend among churches to include a coffee bar in the church building. I think it's funny that coffee and coffee houses are so much apart of our lives that they have trickled into religion. Even the youngster in the photo below likes the trend. Not to worry though he's only drinking hot chocolate.

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"Me Renee...You Jane"

Elegant Attic, a home decor store in Roswell, hosted an evening with Jane Seymour. The actress, who has her her own line of pillows, sheets and candles as well being an author of several books is also a painter. Seymour's home decor line as well paintings are on sale at the Roswell boutique where she greeted guests and signed books and paintings.

An admirer has his photograph taken with the actress.

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Jane signs a set of sheets for a fan.

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Enamoured guests listen to Seymour discuss her paintings.

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I love the light in this photograph as well as the sparkling rock on Seymours danty digit.

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Paper Mill Grill

The Paper Mill Grill, located at the corner of Johnson's Ferry road and Paper Mill road, in East Cobb is the newest restaurant with chef Ritter Jones at its helm. My parents in law Minnie and Steve Breithaupt love his first restaurant, Ritters, so I hope they enjoy a little preview below.

FRENCH ONION STEAK

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Barista

What a great word, "barista," it just rolls right off the tongue. According to Wikipedia, "barista refers to one who has acquired some level of expertise in the preperation of espresso-based coffee drinks." And Danielle Glasky, a barista at Octane Coffee in Atlanta, really knows her craft. I had the recent pleasure of meeting her while on assignment for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Glasky, who placed third in the Southeast Barista Championship last year in Tampa, recently went to Japan learning roasting techniques from a master.

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Swimming With the Fishes

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I recenty had the oppotunity to shoot at the Georgia Aquarium on an assignment, covering a gala event, for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Adults can be very jaded at times which made this event a delight because at every turn I saw child like wonderment and awe on the faces of grown men and women. The scope of the aquarium is absolutely amazing and was a pleasure to shoot.

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